Fabrizio Granelli

Virtualization and Softwarization in 5G
Wireless Networks and Beyond

Associate Professor, University of Trento, Italy


ABSTRACT: Upcoming cellular networks are expected to support an unprecedented step forward in terms of capacity and flexibility. Indeed, 5G requirements for higher throughput, massive access, ultra-low latency and adaptability are strongly steering the attention from the traditional 4G/LTE architecture to more flexible and adaptable solutions. At the same time, in fact, virtualization and softwarization paradigms are gaining momentum, driven by the capability to improve network scalability and flexibility as well as resource allocation offered by Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

The keynote is aimed at describing the concepts and technologies behind virtualization and softwarization of wireless networks, and then to illustrate some relevant scenarios and research opportunities for the future (5G systems and beyond).


SHORT BIOGRAPHY: Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy) and IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services (2018-19). He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Since 2000 he collaborates with the University of Trento (Italy), currently as coordinator of the Networking Laboratory. Between 2004 and 2015 for a total of eight months, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil) and in 2016 he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan) for one month.

He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2012-15 (2 terms), ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17 and Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2017.

Prof. Granelli is General Vice-Chair of the First International Conference on Wireless Internet (WICON?05) and General Chair of the 11th, 15th and 18th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD ’06-’10-’13). He is TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2007-2009 and 2012 Symposia on “Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling”, TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 Symposium on “Selected Areas in Communications – Green Communications Track” and TPC Co-Chair of IEEE ICC 2018 Symposium on “Green Communications and Networking”. He is TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE NFV SDN 2018 conference. He is author or co-author of more than 220 papers published in international journals, books and conferences. He is Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and Area Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.